Panthers come up short on the road at CaleraBy Staff Reports Published 9:18am Thursday, January 23, 2014
In the pantheon of fast-paced, high-energy, back-and-forth battles between intra-area adversaries, the Jan. 21 matchup of Jemison and Calera delivered an Academy Award-caliber performance.
A turning point came in the fourth quarter on a play served with gusto courtesy of Calera’s Tyler Harrell.
Harrell snagged a steal near half court, took the ball the remainder of the way and hammered home a dunk that put the Eagles up 51-50.
The home team never relinquished the lead on its way to a 62-58 win against its Class 4A, Area 7 foe in varsity boys basketball.
From the opening tipoff to the final buzzer, both teams played with fierce determination, and that dual aggression helped translate to a more-than-moderate amount of lead changes and an overall fair share of flair.
After four lead changes and with the game tied 12-all, Keddrick Thomas sank a basket at the buzzer to put Calera on top heading into the second quarter.
Jemison then replicated that when the Panthers scored as time expired in the half to take a 29-27 advantage into intermission.
Randy Satterfield paced Jemision with 19 points, Cody Thompson tallied 14, followed by B.J. Kornegay with eight.